Back in Spring, I met with Gabe, the genius behind Runaway Brand, to discuss some ideas he had for custom swimwear for his brand. He has a small store in downtown Durham and has a cult-like following of Durhamites who love his witty and weird designs.
We chatted for a bit about what I do and what he was thinking. When I asked how many pieces he was thinking, he said 60-100. My jaw dropped. Needless to say, that's my biggest order ever. We settled on 46 because of the timing. We wanted them out by early June and I would be gone 3 weeks in May. I think I ended up with 29 days to complete all the suits.
My mom had to come down and help. Thanks mom!
Gabe designed a cool floral print in two colors and a logo print with his rabbit logo, and I designed 3 complementary solids. We used the Capri style and the Marianne style bikinis, and I designed a new one-piece, called the Palermo.
The Capri is the one we all love. Fixed triangle top. Skinny side bottoms with contrasting sides.
The Marianne is a midi top, not bandeau, not high neck. I love it. It laces up in the back. The bottoms also feature lacing on the sides.
The Palermo has a scoop neck, and low back with lace up straps. It's the best one-piece ever. Hands down.
Photography: Tommy Coyote
Edits: Justin Eisner
Model: Janee Burnette
Art Direction: Gabriel Eng-Goetz